About Sue Kingham
“Singing and teaching singing is my passion. IVA has made that passion more enjoyable and accessible to fellow lovers of great vocals. My voice has never been healthier and I love helping students to grow and discover their voice and stretch their abilities. IVA is an exciting organization to be a part of and I feel very fortunate to be able to learn from such master teachers, and to be able to introduce them and IVA to Western Australia.”
Sue Kingham has a performance background that encompasses a wide variety of styles and performance situations. Sue was lead vocalist for the renowned 14 piece funk band Hothouse which performed for the Festival of Perth and was headline act for many concerts and corporate functions. Hothouse was the official Superleague Band, and backing band for Frank Bennett, and support band for James Brown on his 1996 tour.
Sue is featured vocalist on Jazz West Big Band’s CD and performed as a member of this band at the prestigious Manly Jazz Festival in NSW. She was also lead vocalist for the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) for many years and toured with them to the Edinburgh and Aberdeen International Youth Festivals.
Other highlights of Sue’s extensive career are performances in the tribute band Dave Warner’s Sensational Sixties and The Follington Sisters an Andrew Sister’s tribute which performed with WASO the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, The Ladies of Jazz Christmas Concerts for the Perth Jazz Society, Rhapsody a vocal group that performed with the Will Upson Big band, the 4 part vocal group Voiceworks (which performed with WAYJO The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra) and as lead vocalist for The Greg Schultz Band, Sue Kingham Band, Mama’s Soulfood Combo, and as a backing vocalist for Kate Ceberano, Frank Bennett, Elvis to the Max, Jackie Love, Jenny Dunstan, Chelsea Brown, Colleen Hewitt, Ricky May and Appealathon. Sue also sang as a session vocalist for Greg Schultz, Will Upson, Ken Walther, Gordon Ingliss, Pat Crichton, Jingle Factory and Keith Van Geysel.
Sue was also awarded first prize in the WARMIA song competition in the Pop / Rock category and third prize in the Jazz / Blues category in 1990 for songs co-written with Mike Kingham. In 1992 the team were awarded first prize in the Jazz and Blues category of the Australian Songwriters Awards and in the same year they were awarded second and third prize in the WARMIA Jazz / Blues category.
Sue has been teaching singing in Perth, Western Australia for over 30 years. Sue taught for over 26 years at the prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), has been running her own successful singing studio for 17 years, and continues to teach private lessons, workshops and masterclasses.